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Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread - reviews, pictures, sizing, etc...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mild Mannered, Sep 27, 2009.

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  1. AdamAdam

    AdamAdam Well-Known Member

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    As has been mentioned several times already, the Memorial Day sale on seconds has some great buys on BB versions of some AE models. Is it always the case that the BB models are cheaper? Always the case when there's a sale? Or is this unique and if I see a model I like and there's a BB version in my size I should jump on it before Tuesday? I've bought several pair in the past month so I'd rather wait but for $159 for some BB models it's hard to pass up (unless that's always the case).

    While I'm at it... I'm a 7.5E in McCallister (5-last) and just ordered some Sheltons (1-last) in 8E on Amazon and they seem to fit perfectly. I have a pair in 8D coming as well from Amazon just to compare but those won't be here until this evening. Assuming I am 8E in the AE Shelton what size do you think I'd take in the BB Shelton seeing as the insole is different and some have commented that this affects sizing as the BB insole takes up more room in the shoe?

    Thanks for the insight!
     
  2. rydenfan

    rydenfan Well-Known Member

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    do I just reply to the email I received the seconds list from to place an order?
     
  3. AdamAdam

    AdamAdam Well-Known Member

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    If you reply to the email and tell them what you want they will hold it for you. I then called to speak with someone and give them my CC information. I wouldn't want to send that via email. Also, if you're not already in the system they'll need your name, address, etc.
     
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    fiestaplatypus Well-Known Member

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    just call them. if you can't reach them, call another outlet store. an email might not be read till hours later and someone who called may snag the pair you wanted from right under your nose.
     
  5. Cold Iron

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    Thank you gentlemen for the comments on the walnut shell Dundee's.
    Thanks, they are MTO so you have a lot of options when it comes to the soles. Here is a side view:

    [​IMG]
    If your interested in picking up a pair send me a PM and I will fill you in. From what little I've seen of your shell collection Calikid the Dundee would be perfect for you [​IMG]
     
  6. Cold Iron

    Cold Iron Well-Known Member

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    WOW!! I just couldn't bring myself to hide those behind a spoiler and don't think anyone else would mind seeing them again!

    Great job and I too am looking forward to more pictures of these MTO's.
     
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    Cold Iron Well-Known Member

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    That is great customer service and one reason I keep coming back to AE.

    Hope the Black Hills work out for you and a MTO shell pair is in your near future. I have them and really like them, never would have thought to have a pair made in shell but it would certainly work as a replacement for the Kenilworths IMO.
     
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  8. tietherope

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    Instead of leaving everything up to luck, on my lunch hour I ran out to one of the few stores in Canada that carries Allen Edmonds. I tried the Strand in 10 D, my normal size. The width was fine to me, but it was too long. I then tried the 9.5 D and the toe was great, while the shoe felt quite narrow. Unfortunately they only carry D's in store and there were no E's to try on. She measured me on the Brannock and said I measure as a D, but as I've read extensively on the 5 last, that doesn't mean anything. She also felt how much my foot was pressing on the sides of the shoe and said the D was good. That may just be her trying to make the sale though.

    My question is, how tight should the shoe be? I know that may be difficult to answer. If laced up and sitting/standing and you can feel any pressure on the sides of your feet, is that too tight? I'm quite new to this but I'm looking to send off an email for a seconds list momentarily.

    Thanks for any help you can give.
     
  9. Gauss17

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    I would certainly try on an E first and see what you think. It can't hurt to get a feel for it. Also, if you think it is just a touch tight, you could have a D stretched closer to an E.
     
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    The Brooks Brothers Shelton was certainly tighter than the Finch, but they were both too tight. Perhaps my normal 8.5D in the Strand isn't actually my size? I think I need to hit up Brooks Brothers to try a 9D.
     
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    I was in the same boat. My Brannock measurement is 8D but the size that was best for me on the 5-last (Strand, McAllister, etc.) is 7.5E. With 8D it slipped slightly off my smaller foot. The 7.5E were a little tight at first on my larger foot but after about a dozen wearings they loosened up. I did also have the left one stretched for a few days which helped a lot. I wouldn't worry as much about the length in that last as long as the shoes don't slip off your foot. They are long by nature so you're better to have more room in the toe if the width feels right. You of course don't want them too long because then they will wear and crease incorrectly but a little extra in the toe on those isn't a big deal. I guess the bottom line is they should be snug, not tight. Also keep in mind the time of day you tried them on. Mine always fit looser when driving to work but by 3:00 my feet swell a bit and they become more snug. Maybe try 9.5E if there's a way for you to do that.

    I would say to just place an order on seconds and try a few out but I understand shipping costs back and forth to Canada are different than the US.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. Pulled the trigger on a few seconds
     
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    Shoe trees are apparently on sale for like $16 as well
     
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    A few....well dont leave us in suspense.
     
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    Why would I buy shoe trees from Allen Emonds rather than say Bed, Bath and Beyond? Are Allen Emond's shoe trees that much better than the standard ones? Looks like I will be taking delivery of my first pair of Allen Edmond's tomorrow, then I will be seeing if you all are right about the quality of Allen Edmond's shoes.
     
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    dark brown cordovan dundee
    burgundy cordovan leeds
    tan suede amok

    :)
     
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    You can buy Woodlore Combination Shoe Trees at Nordstrom Rack for $12.95 all the time.

    Woodlore is in fact owned by Allen Edmonds. There are times throughout the year Nordstrom Rack drops the price on these as well.
     
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    I will be honest here I have to have the little badge that reads Allen Edmonds....Alden etc for corresponding manufactures.
     
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    I used to wear $40 Dexter shoes from Payless swearing that there was no difference in shoe brands. Now I have two pair of shoes in my collection, soon to be three with the addition of an Allen Edmonds, A Johnson and Murphy Suffock and a Rockport Evander and I swear that I can tell the difference between the two if you blind fold me and turn me around three times and strap one of the two to my feet I can tell you which one you have strapped to my feet. So much so I have become somewhat of a shoe snob, I refuse to wear the Evanders, they are like strapping lead to my feet and I will shortly have the Allen Edmond's Fiesol's to share the burden with the Suffock shoes.
     
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    as I'd NEVER be caught dead with Allen Edmonds sock in my LHS Alden Beefrolls. PERISH the thought. [​IMG]
     
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